Today, in Amsterdam the Netherlands Museums Association has presented the results of its provenance research of museum acquisitions since 1933. In 162 participating museums 139 objects were found that have presumably been stolen, confiscated or forcibly sold as a consequence of the Nazi regime. Many of these artworks were property of Jewish owners between 1933 and 1945.
A special website www.musealeverwervingen.nl has been launched today. Here, the provenance of every object with a suspect history can be looked into. In many cases the provenance, also after thorough research cannot be conclusively established. The website’s goal is to map the provenance of these works after all, with the help of the public. Wherever possible, museums try to get into contact with the original owners.